253 draft picks taken over the weekend transformed NFL rosters in a matter of days. Around the League will examine the aftershocks by asking one post-draft burning question for all 32 teams. So far, we've tackled the Jets, Jaguars, Dolphins and Colts. Next up: The Buffalo Bills.
The Bills entered the draft needing two offensive tackles. One of them needed to start on the left side. They wound up waiting until the second round to take their man, Cordy Glenn, with the 41st overall pick. If Glenn is as good as the Bills believe he is, he might just be the last piece they need to make the playoffs.
Analysts were split on whether the 6-foot-5 behemoth would play tackle or guard at the next level. The Bills were not.
"Hell no, the guy's not a guard," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said, via The Buffalo News. "He started 50 games, the last 16 as a left tackle."
"The thing that stands out right off the bat is size," Bills coach Chan Gailey told the newspaper. "His wingspan is so huge. I think he has just tapped his potential at left tackle. In our evaluation, we think he can go a long way at left tackle."
So, yeah. He's not playing guard. We'd be stunned if he isn't protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side in Week 1. Buffalo's offensive line made serious strides in 2011, especially in the running game. But it has long lacked a reliable left tackle.
The Bills took a risk by selecting the best player available in cornerback Stephon Gilmore with the No. 10 pick. The gamble worked: They patiently waited and found a first-round talent in Glenn with their second pick.
The pick reminds us a lot of the Cincinnati Bengals' selection of Andy Dalton in the second round last year. The Bengals were fortunate that Dalton fell to them, and the fortune resulted in a playoff appearance.